Monday, December 11, 2006

Might as well

Ah, what the heck, I'll have a go. Here is my Indian XI for the first test:Jaffer, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Ganguly, Dhoni, Pathan, Kumble, Zaheer and VRV Singh.

Dodgy points: why no space for Sreesanth? Why not Harbhajan? For the first, Singh gets the nod for his better control, and also because sadly, the weak Indian batting requires us to play Pathan. Besides two lefties and a rightie are a reasonable mix for the pace/seam attack. Kumble gets in ahead of Harbhajan if one spinner is to be played. I still do feel for Sreesanth though. Do write in though; I'm willing to be convinced otherwise. As for the batting order, Dravid if fit makes the most sense at 3, SRT obviously at 4, and Laxman at 5. Ganguly will obviously play and having a lefty at 6 is always good if he needs to stay with the lower order and move the strike over and around.


Blogger Homer said...

given Irfan's recent travails with the ball, and the fact that VRV is a rookie, isnt the lineup a little thin on the bowling front? if 6 frontline batsmen and the wicket keeper cannot deliver the goods, does having irfan at 8 make an iota of difference?

10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So you had left Sreesanth out in your XI. Went with Pathan, perhaps because you went defensive with batting!

I suspect we may see Pathan play as an opener in test #2 or #3. I see another Ravi Shastri in the making here.

2:52 AM  

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